Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Peanut Butter Mousse & A Groundhog Fallacy

 
 
You may or may have not heard that the groundhog saw his shadow on Sunday.  And according to this "scientific creature", we will now endure 12 more weeks of WINTER. {Insert barfing sound here.} If that makes you sick, I've got some great news for you.
 
Truth is, that groundhog isn't all he's made out to be.
 
According to the Wild Kratts, that groundhog is just looking for love! After all, it is almost Valentines Day. You see, groundhogs basically live to reproduce and eat enough grass to be able to hibernate each winter. This time of year, the males crawl out of their hibernation holes and sniff the ground for any female groundhogs who may have wintered in their territory. And because they need their future young to be born as early in the spring as possible {to eat enough grass to hibernate themselves}, he is just seeking out a mate, shadow or not. Mother Nature...let's bring on spring!
 
Can you imagine being that poor female groundhog in the midst of your deep beauty sleep being woken up for that???  I wonder if she is always a willing participant...
 
Whether you are stuck in your own winter hibernation or preparing to celebrate Valentines Day with your own sweetie - this mousse is for you! 
 
Peanut Butter Mousse

Ingredients:
1 bag Trader Joe's peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups cold heavy whipping cream, divided
*Chocolate sauce for topping if you wish!
 
1. In a double boiler (glass bowl suspended over 2 inches of water in a saucepan), add peanut butter chips and 3/4 cup of the heavy whipping cream. Turn the heat to medium-high to simmer the water, then reduce the heat to medium, and stir the chips and cream until melted and smooth. Remove from heat, careful not to burn yourself.  Set aside and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

2.  In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment in place, place the remaining 3/4 cup whipping cream. Starting on low, beat the whipping cream, increasing to full speed (watch for splatter!). When soft peaks form, stop the mixer - you have whipping cream!  

3. Fold small amounts of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, being careful to not over mix, but until completely blended. Put in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but longer will make it absolutely divine. 

4. When ready to serve, scoop the mousse out and place in small bowls. It will be thick and firm. Drizzle with the chocolate sauce for a little PB & chocolate action and enjoy!

Love mousse? Give this a try: dark chocolate cinnamon mousse.
 


2 comments:

  1. OMG. This post cracked me up!! Oh female groundhog. I feel for you, lady. Pinning this! Looks delicious!

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  2. It's crucial to use really excellent candy in this formula as there is no concealing position. The taste of the candy should be the celebrity. But your chocolate mousse can add to this. So add a little tequila, rum or cognac to the platform formula if you wish.

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